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'''Durante degli Alighieri''' (), Mononymous person|simply called '''Dante''' (, , ; c. 1265 – 1321), was a major Italians|Italian poet of the Late Middle Ages. His ''Divine Comedy'', originally called '''' (modern Italian: ''Commedia'') and later christened '''' by Boccaccio, is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature. In the late Middle Ages, the overwhelming majority of poetry was written in Latin, and therefore accessible only to affluent and educated audiences. In ''De vulgari eloquentia'' (''On Eloquence in the Vernacular''), however, Dante defended use of the vernacular in literature. He himself would even write in the Tuscan dialect for works such as ''La Vita Nuova|The New Life'' (1295) and the aforementioned ''Divine Comedy''; this choice, although highly unorthodox, set a hugely...
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